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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More

Someone Out There Needs You!

4/25/2016 1:12:24 PM

Not too long ago I (Dennis) had the opportunity to spend a day with high school students at a well-regarded prep school. Although it was a “day off” on the school calendar, some 150 students took time out of their busy weekend to attend this special program. It was sort of like a conference, sort of like a focus group. We spent the majority of the day tackling difficult life issues, and asking ourselves questions like: What are the biggest issues facing us today? What role does our f--- Read More

Connect! (Part 3): Why Hope Matters

4/17/2016 11:43:41 PM

What does it take to “succeed” in life? This is a question we often ask not only for ourselves, but also for the young adults in our life whom we want to see thrive, succeed, and achieve their destiny. In our work with teens, educators, and parents, we’ve developed a helpful diagram that illustrates the path that most of us travel throughout life on the road to accomplishing our goals and “life purpose” (aka “destiny”).   You can see it starts --- Read More

Teaching Teens the Art of Professional Networking

4/11/2016 3:44:35 PM

With spring in full swing, we can almost taste the arrival of summer. For many educators and parents of teens, summer means graduation is right around the corner, and newly launched young adults will be looking for summer jobs or looking to enter the workforce full time. To help set your teen up for success in this arena, you will want to instill the importance of a vital life skill: networking. You’ve heard said many times: “It’s not what you know, but whom you know.” O--- Read More

Connect! (Part 2): Harnessing the 4 Motivations that Drive Human Behavior

4/4/2016 2:23:07 PM

I (Arlyn) recently spoke with an alternative education teacher who told me how her school can predict when a new student will have negative outburst. She told me, “Three weeks, pretty much to the day, is when they’ll act out. They’ll be defiant, or steal something, or throw something … or display some other behavior designed to provoke a response.”   Why? For a couple of reasons, she told me. These students are generally testing two things: 1) to see if the bo--- Read More

Connect! (The Best Way to Help Students Succeed)

3/28/2016 12:54:11 PM

One of my (Arlyn’s) five children had a rather low GPA when he was in high school, relative to his capacity (and much to his parents’ constant dismay). It was a good thing he was an excellent test taker, because that, more than anything else, was what saved his bacon! He frequently told us, “Don’t worry, Mom and Dad; I’ll apply myself in college, where it really counts.”   Now, I’m not for a minute excusing that cop out, although I will concede he i--- Read More

Better Yourself (and Others) by Expressing Your Emotions

3/21/2016 1:01:56 AM

With Easter very quickly approaching (hey, wasn’t it just Christmas?), most of us will be spending time with family in the coming weekend. Although family time is incredibly precious and shouldn’t be taken for granted, it can still be very difficult for some. How does time with people we love end up being so tough sometimes? Well, for one, it’s because we often put on our “everything is A-okay” masks and don’t express ourselves honestly or openly. Deep down, --- Read More

Your Core Career Readiness Program

3/15/2016 12:28:37 PM

Educators are facing a number of challenges when attempting to build a complete career readiness curriculum. Fragmented resources, dated advice, and lacking “real world” perspectives are among the complaints we hear. Many teachers are stitching a patchwork quilt of lessons to effectively prepare students for the workplace.    If this sounds like you, we’re here to help!   LifeSmart Publishing’s What I--- Read More

Learn to Handle Disagreements Like a Pro

3/12/2016 4:16:23 PM

With election season in full swing, we’ve all been seeing our fair share of disagreement lately. Whether it’s a politically-charged rant on Facebook (followed by the common “If so-and-so becomes president, I’m moving to Canada” threat) or a heated, televised presidential debate (and its subsequent media frenzy), disparities abound. Facebook friends fight with each other over who they believe is the best person for the job, and candidates throw insults at each other --- Read More

Building Workplace Readiness Skills: Part Three

3/6/2016 7:52:58 PM

Welcome to the last installment of our three-part series on workplace readiness skills for teens and young adults. In this installment, we’ll address four prized leadership attributes employers are seeking. They are: speaking and listening critical thinking and problem solving job acquisition and advancement time, task, and resource management   Speaking and Listening Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are a must in today’s workplace (and, in life!). Ho--- Read More

Building Workplace Readiness Skills: Part Two

2/25/2016 3:12:16 PM

Last week we began our three-part series on workplace readiness skills for teens and young adults. We’re writing this series because we share the concern being voiced by many employers and educators that our nation’s young people are not (generally speaking) well-equipped with the skills to succeed in today’s workforce. As an organization committed to empowering the next generation, LifeSmart is honored to contribute our perspectives on this subject. Whether your role is ed--- Read More

Building Workplace Readiness Skills: Part One

2/21/2016 10:14:31 PM

We’ve heard the stories all too often. You have your own stories, no doubt, but here are some of mine: My friend, a corporate executive, was preparing to interview five finalists for a new position; only one showed up on time. (Guess who landed the job?) Another employer was recruiting at a career fair on a college campus. Based on first impressions and conversations with graduating seniors, not a single student was invited in for an interview. A local restaurant owner received a cal--- Read More
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